Frisian Pointing Dog

Other names: stabyhoun, stabyhound, Stabijhoun

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Versatile pointer and hunting dog, the Stabyhoun or Stabijhoun is nonetheless a high quality family companion. The Frisian Pointing Dog has long been a favored friend of farmers, primarily for its ability to hunt rodents considered to be pests. Today, he is also and above all appreciated for his affectionate character, his calm and his vigilance.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Netherlands
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 23 kg From 48 cm to 50 cm
Male From 22 kg to 27 kg From 50 cm to 53 cm
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History of the breed

The Frisian Pointing Dog owes its name to its region of origin. The breed was, in fact, born in the forest areas of Friesland , located in the north of the Netherlands. This dog was traditionally bred to hunt different types of small to medium sized game , but it was mostly with moles and polecats that it showed the most ease.

The Frisian Pointing Dog has also shown versatility over the generations. In the past, the larger representatives of the breed were employed to pull milk carts. Breeders, however, favored smaller subjects thereafter. First prized by peasants , whom it helped to get rid of pests, the Frisian Pointing Dog gained popularity with all social strata in the Netherlands , then outside the country. It is also found today in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. The breed was exported to the United States almost 30 years ago, since the first litter recorded across the Atlantic was born in 1994.

Dutch Association of Frisian Pointing and Water Dogs (NVSW) was founded in 1947. In previous years, the 2 breeds were, in fact, commonly crossed, then enthusiasts have worked to restore the distinction. According to the AKC (American Kennel Club), there were around 7,000 Frisian Pointing Dogs in the world in 2017.

Physical features

His hair : mid-length, straight, forming tufts or fringes on the chest, collar, back of forelegs, breeches and tail. Short on the head, front of forelegs and hocks. The outer coat is associated with a waterproof undercoat.
Its color : black or brown magpie with white spots. Black roan and brown roan are also accepted.
His head : covered with black or brown hair, with or without a white list. Rather long and dry. The skull is slightly domed. The nose is black in black and white subjects, brown in brown and white dogs.
Its ears : hang down the head, of moderate length, trowel-shaped and with rounded ends.
His eyes : slightly rounded in shape, medium size, dark brown in black and white dogs, light brown in brown and white subjects.
Its body : writable in a rectangle, the length of the body being slightly greater than the height at the withers. Strong and well muscled. The back is strong and straight, the kidney muscular, the croup a little slanting, the chest deep and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail : set at a moderate height, carried low, raised when the dog is in motion, covered with a tuft of hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Frisian Pointing Dog is characterized by its great independence , but also by its affectionate temperament . Although he is naturally placid, he is nonetheless a vigilant dog. He remains reserved with regard to individuals he does not know and is in no way fearful. The Frisian Pointing Dog also has a strong-headed side , although he remains completely loyal to his owner and enjoys family life.

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The Frisian Pointing Dog is an animal that has character and can be particularly stubborn, which requires a well-conducted education, combining firmness, patience and consistency . Like any hunting dog, it must integrate the recall well in order to limit runaways.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Frisian Pointing Dog is not made for apartment living , but it can adapt perfectly to an urban environment if it has sufficient opportunities to exercise itself. The ideal living environment for this dog would be a house with a large fenced garden .


Ease of gaining weight

The Frisian Pointing Dog has solid health. It does not fear the cold and bad weather thanks to its well-supplied double coat. The breed is however affected by a few ailments such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy and persistent ductus arteriosus.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Persistent ductus arteriosus (PCA)
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Frisian Pointing dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Frisian Pointing Dog is, on average, between 13 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Frisian Pointing Dog experiences 2 seasonal moults, occurring in spring and autumn. Its maintenance does not involve any particular difficulty . The care to be given to him is the basic one, common to most breeds of dogs.

To maintain the beauty and health of the Frisian Pointing Dog’s coat, it is recommended to brush it once or twice a week , paying particular attention to the fringed and bushy areas. During the moults, brushing becomes daily.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1500 €

The purchase price of a Frisian Pointing Dog is between € 500 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
850 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Frisian Pointing Dog is between € 450 and € 850.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Frisian Pointing Dog needs long walks to exercise and stimulate his senses. This breed is aimed at owners willing to offer it sufficient physical activity on a daily basis . All games are welcome for this active and energetic dog: objects to bring back, obstacles to overcome …


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1960


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